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Immigration triggers citizenship rules relaxation in Italy

The Italian Chamber of Deputies approved a reform of citizenship which should make easier the acquisition of the Italian citizenship by the sons of regular immigrants.

If the law is approved by the Senate, the citizenship will be acquired by “jus soli” or “jus culturae”.

According to the “jus soli” rule, the Italian citizenship will be granted to whoever is born on Italian soil if at least one of his or her parents has long-term resident status pursuant to EU law. The citizenship will not be granted automatically but will have to be requested by one of the parents or by the interested person before he or she turns twenty.

According to the “jus culturae” rule, the Italian citizenship will be granted to whoever is born on Italian soil or has arrived in Italy before turning twelve, provided that he or she has attended an Italian school for at least five years. Also in this case the citizenship will not be granted automatically but according to rules which are similar to the “jus soli” case.

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